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  • Facebook, Hollywood big shots and Bjork: Webby winners announced

    The Webby Awards is one of the most prestigious events on the tech calendar. Not for nothing are they referred to as "the Oscars of the internet". Although the ceremony is still a few days away, the winners for the 16th edition of the awards have been revealed. This year the body behind the awards -- the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences -- has recognised winners in some 70 web, 21 interactive advertising, 26 online film & video, and 24 mobile categories. That's a truckload of awards. The Webby Award winners were selected by a panel of Academy...

  • Pinterest, Google+ win big at Webby Awards

    The Webby Awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, have been around for some 16 years now. In the world of online that's a seriously long time. Over those 16 years they've recognised some of the most innovative players in tech. This year is no different. In terms of prestige, the Webbys, are a bit like the Oscars of online. In terms of spirit they're more like earlier iterations of the MTV Movie Awards. In truth though, they're not really like any other big awards shows. For one thing, the winners are announced before the actual...

  • The new Dark Knight Rises trailer is epic [Video]

    Anyone who's a fan of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight series (by which I mean everyone everywhere) of movies should prepare to be very excited. A new trailer has landed. So if you're sitting in your office right now, sit down and do whatever you must to suppress the whoops of delight you'll want to let out at various points in the trailer. Of course if you're one of those ultra-dedicated fans, you will have already seen it. People participating in The Dark Knight Rises' elaborate viral campaign were able to unlock the video before its official release. This trailer...

  • 9 of the coolest educational videos from TED-Ed

    When TED launched its educational website for younger students last week, I think teachers everywhere realised they had to up their game. The 3-10 minute videos are designed to encourage curiosity and show how the world works using compelling animation and the audible explanations of a gifted teacher.  Even if you’re not in high school, the videos are sometimes fascinating, sometimes kinda strange, but generally very cool. Here are some of the best videos that are designed to amaze and challenge your brain. How Simple Ideas Lead to Scientific Discoveries How can you not wish that Mythbusters’ Adam Savage was your...

  • How Google moved the online advertising goalposts

    The power of digital marketing over its more traditional offline brethren such as TV and Radio has been the measurability of the medium: advertisers can see, down to the penny, what their marketing spend is achieving in terms of impressions, clicks, and ultimately conversions. The particular agency I work for even built with offering clients a performance model based on achieving those conversions at a price that provides high value to the end client as well as a viable income to the business. You would think that with a compelling model like that, a lot of clients would start...

  • 6 Japanese startups worth keeping an eye on

    Given that Japan has some of the biggest tech companies on the planet, it's easy to overlook its startup scene. It's also probably fair to say that the country's emerging tech companies also don't get nearly as much press those from Silicon Valley, or even China and Russia. Thing is, once you take a step back from the massive corporates, there are some very exciting things happening in Japan. At a recent tech event I had the privilege of finding out about a handful of them. 1. Beatrobo CEO/Founder: Hiroshi Asaeda A music community service which enables users to share their...

  • Co-founder of string theory chronicles the eventual downfall of Moore’s Law [Video]

    Since Moore's Law was first formulated in 1965, it's pretty much dictated the speed of technological progress. But all that could change in the near future. The law basically states that the number of transistors that can be placed inexpensively on an integrated circuit doubles approximately every two years. The trouble, as theoretical physicist Michio Kaku explains, is the materials we currently use to build chips. More specifically silicon. Once a chip gets past 5nm across Silicon simply starts to overheat. That's it, as soon as we reach that limit Silicon is finished. There are a couple of possible...

  • Australian billionaire plans to build Titanic II, Twitter asks why

    Yes, an Australian billionaire is going to build a replica of the Titanic -- imaginatively named the Titanic II -- which is scheduled to make its maiden voyage from England to New York in late 2016. Déjà vu, anyone? According to the Sydney Morning Herald, mining tycoon Clive Palmer has commissioned a Chinese company to construct an almost exact replica of the ill-fated vessel. The Titanic II will apparently be identical to its namesake except for a few modern luxuries, like navigation and safety systems, to prevent history from repeating itself. Of course, we all know how things ended for...

  • President Obama roasts HuffPo for its Pulitzer [Video]

    The annual White House correspondents dinner is a chance for the US president and his staff to kick back and relax with the media who interrogate their every move on a daily basis. This year President Obama decided to have a dig at the Huffington Post. More specifically he poked fun at the Pulitzer the site won for David Wood's 10 part series on the struggles of wounded American soldiers returning home from Afghanistan and Iraq. “I’d be remiss if I didn’t congratulate The Huffington Post on their Pulitzer Prize,” Obama said. “You deserve it, Arianna. There’s no one...

  • The design-fantastic in Botanicula

    Indie developer Amanita Design outdoes itself with this point-and-click exploration game chock full of imagination and flair. Band of Brothers What do Mr. Lantern, Mr. Feather, Mr. Poppy Head, Mr. Twig and Mrs. Mushroom all have in common? Well a quest to save the last seed of their home tree of course. Confused? You should be. One thing you shouldn’t be though is surprised. Coming from the hive mind of Czech company Amanita Design, Botanicula is a product of love. The company is known for its games brimming with imagination, bursting at the seams with gorgeous visuals, clever puzzles and colourful...

  • Can TweetCharts replace your social media analyst?

    Have you ever wished you could run a by-the-numbers social media analysis yourself? You know, without having to go to a company or individual who specialises in the field? Well, if social media scientist Dan Zarella is to be believed, that’s exactly what a new tool he’s developed lets you do. The tool, called TweetCharts, reportedly allows you to enter “any word, phrase, hashtag, URL or username” into it. Zarella claims it will then return a “comprehensive report, including data on reply, retweet, and link percentages as well as the most common words, most mentioned users, most...

  • Pepsi to stream live concerts to Twitter followers

    Pepsi and Coca Cola have always had what one might generously call a competitive spirit. Now the two soft drink giants appear to be duking it out to see which can provide the best online music experience for its fans. Pepsi has announced that it will be streaming live video of concerts to its followers on Twitter. According to The Next Web, the deal is part of a global advertising campaign that will also feature a television spot with singer Nicki Minaj. The announcement comes hot on the heels of Coca Cola’s announcement that it would be partnering...

  • Google admits Street View engineer told colleagues about collecting Wi-Fi data

    A Google engineer who wrote a program that collected private data from people’s unsecured Wi-Fi networks told at least two colleagues he had done so. That’s according to the full version of a report detailing the FCC’s investigation into the internet giant. The issue caused uproar in the US and Europe when it was revealed that data had been collected as Google’s Street View cars drove around capturing images. The program was first written in 2006, and the internet giant began collecting data two years later, continuing right through until early 2010. The request for a full report was first...

  • Mobile sensors to be worth $6bn by 2016 [Report]

    Micro Electronic Mechanical Systems (MEMS) are crucial pieces of equipment in our smartphones and tablets. You might take them for granted, or might not even know what they are, but 4-billion are set to be built into our mobile devices by 2016. MEMS include accelerometers, gyroscopes, magnetometers and others such as pressure, humidity, and temperature sensors -- some of which are crucial to the Augmented Reality and Location-based services found in so many of today’s devices. Thing is, those 4-billion sensors aren’t going to come from nowhere and tech analysis company Juniper Research reckons they represent a massive business...

  • Prometheus international launch trailer is new and spoiler-riffic

    You've been bombarded with Prometheus trailers, viral campaigns and Twitter teases but still you want more. Today, your gift is the Prometheus international launch trailer, all 2-minutes and 54-seconds of it. A warning before you watch it. The trailer pretty much gives away 90% of the plot. Ridley Scott fans will be able to pick apart the Aliens references with a fine-toothed comb. The video is just shy of 100 000 views, with most of the comments bemoaning the plot being laid out for all to see. For us, Prometheus still seems like a shy, dainty maiden on her prom night. Luckily, Prometheus...